tv [untitled] June 26, 2011 4:01pm-4:31pm EDT
in the top stories from the week to more people including a teenage girl died in hospital following monday's passenger plane crash in northwest russia bringing the number of victims to forty seven. reports of mounting civilian deaths across libya political cleansing by rebels in benghazi a force many to search for safety outside their hometown. skeptics in brussels states the euro's funeral as leaders hash out yet another multibillion buy enough for greece but. sparked anger enough and. with a look back at the main stories of the past week and the latest developments this is the weekly him. a man and a teenage girl who are among eight survivors of monday night's plane crash in northwestern russia have died. in hospital
a trooper one three four heading from moscow to russia's republic of korea crash landed on a major road just a kilometer from the runway the disaster has now claimed forty seven lives. sent this report from the crash site. struggling to keep her composure to tiana is in disbelief at the sudden death of a friend. i do not understand why it happened she was one of the best people i've ever known i do not understand maybe it's fate but why did it have to happen. the russian premier league football referee vladimir but i just one of the forty four killed monday night when a duple of one three four carrying fifty two people from moscow to beggars avoids to northwestern russia crashed on this road missing the runway by a kilometer. it's awful my late husband was a pilot he had landed planes at this airport many times it's very personal to me the sight of the crash has been cleaned up the roads have been reopened the
wreckage of the plane completely removed but there are still marks evidence like this bird for us that reminds people of the tragedy that struck on monday night but for those who had been here to witness the rest say as they say that those memories are unlikely to go away. i didn't sleep for two days i couldn't even fall asleep i can't recall and people screaming and pulling bodies away from the plane. guinea was one of the first at the scene his house only meters away from where the plane came down. i heard the explosion and ran outside the lights went out i ran to the site and we started rescuing people we dragged away a man two women and the pilot but he was dead while all the bodies have been recovered the relatives of the victims still have the tough task of identifying their loved ones investigators say all the equipment were functioning properly at the time of the crash and they've also refuted initial reports that the navigator.
or had high levels of alcohol in his blood for now they suggest bad weather and pilot error appear to be the likely causes of the crash a suggestion that didn't sit well with some locals. it's easy to blame the pilot because he's dead i think the airport itself is to blame family and friends are waiting for answers but all they can do now is remember those they've lost. yes there is still here r t russia school your region. and you can find more details of the one three four crash on our website just go to war two dot com and the online exclusive section to get instant access it also far more than the other main news stories of the past week analysis and blogs as well all that r.t. dot com. the number of civilian casualties in libya is reportedly rising drastically the government
says a nato air strike has killed at least fifteen people in the eastern town of brega the alliance denies the accusation saying it attacked buildings in an abandoned their it deemed legitimate military targets opposition leaders in benghazi say they expect to receive proposals from tripoli which could end the drawn out conflict but many in the country believe the rebel force is not interested in peace or democracy . promotion or went to meet some of. these family hasn't had the war quiet and peaceful like this one for months they've escaped to the libyan rebel stronghold of benghazi to hide in this refugee camp in the west of the country after a life in their native town became a nightmare. it's not safe there anymore it's become dangerous and it's not only because of explosions and gunshots one day people from the government and been you call them rebels we call them terrorists came to me and told me we have to arrest your daughter because we know that she supports gadhafi. these keep has been long and hard for they were in their family well i remember that occurred and i had to
hide for some time from them as they've been searching for me then we knew there was a bus coming from benghazi to the bus with the rebels for their purposes we took that bus with our faces covered and everybody was against gadhafi on it we told them that we were also against him and they lot of sane son was brother dr sabri a surgeon has also fled the city he says they've made three attempts on his life but he only for. finally left when he saw a killing. take him from or from or from i.c.u. killing him in front of i.c.u. . his body on the world of general hospital the doctor says people from the national transitional council were behind it this is the rebels official political body that are part of the revolution in libya started in the mid february its members are recognized by many countries throughout the world as the only legitimate representatives of libya the very. very very
so you must be. where you are again it's. about freedom and democracy there is no freedom or democracy they just want to bury the refugees here say they now finally feel safe but it's not that safe from the side of the frontline either. these people have gathered in the west of tripoli to bury those killed in the air strike in cold until even government officials a bomb landed on a private compound and flattened it killing fifteen people including three kids this conflict has to come to an end immediately which is very unlikely to happen any time soon while nato has already claimed there to your peroration to protect civilians must go on with clashes cantina and benghazi and nato intensify its bombardment of tripoli both eastern and western parts of the country are perilous to say and people are dying on both sides of the frontline many on the ground fear
that when the democracy there west talks about will finally come here there must be enough people left to experience it. r.t. reporting from western libya this week the u.k. government admitted the libyan war so far cost the country over four hundred million dollars and british m.p. barry gardner says it's both unfair to give taxpayers' money to the rebels and illegal to take sides in a civil war. i think the gadhafi regime does look extremely shaky and much of it because of the pounding that it's received of course from british and french and american support. but my worries in the u.k. that we've seen that this so far has cost us a quarter of a million pounds the role that was set out by the united nations resolution one thousand nine hundred ninety three was very clear it was that there should be a an effort to induce a cease fire in libya and to enforce that cease fire now it seems that we've been
very keen to try and and stop the armaments that are coming from gadhafi is regime in the government but we have been much less prepared to do that when the armaments and the and the fire has been coming from the rebels that's not an even handed in for some of the cease fire. coming up later in the program return of the most scandal. i was forced to agree that. five years of torture all for a phony confession one on top of my detaining he tells us his story paints a bleak picture of the struggle to bring those he accuses of abuse to justice. also still to come this hour to investigate the real radiation situation in japan's fukushima nuclear plant as the international community tightens up tomic security levels. earlier in the week the european union agreed to bail out greece one more
time but only if athens introduces savage new austerity measures the greek parliament's vote on the cuts totally more than one hundred billion euros is expected on tuesday the proposals have of course an angry response from the greek public the promise of more national protests but the vote may be decisive not only for the fate of greece but also the ailing euro skeptics in brussels even stage a symbolic funeral for the currency serious electro at the university of the aegean believes greece can only move forward by abandoning what he calls the absurdity of the euro. the problem is we cannot do it we are giving twelve billion lifeline. the biggest part of which is going to be used to repay debt to repay previous debts this is totally absurd it is for the benefit of greek people to have an immediate exit from the euro from the euro zone the euro is a monetary absurdity in
a way it's a totally irrational financial and monetary architecture that is also a contributing factor to the debt crisis and in general to social crisis in greece so i think that going back to a national kerensky and the regaining public control in a way national control of monetary policy is a very necessary step to be taking it is not a road to disaster as the government is saying on the contrary it's going to be a very positive step. and jungle into the referendum campaign in britain has also hit out at the euro he says a currency is on its last legs and it's time to stop wasting billions trying to keep a failed concept afloat. just keep pumping money into greece it's only putting off the death of their economy they are already bankrupt we have to wake up and smell the coffee and say enough is enough greece is going to go ireland's going
to go portugal and of course the big one that everyone is worried about is the state of spain that is why some of our banks like barclays juicing are liabilities in spain because clearly the property slump in spain is much bigger than a spanish government is telling people they say there's only been a drop of eighteen percent of the radio shows in spain people are losing seventy percent sixty percent in the fire you have their homes and their developments spain will be the next one to topple but why should we the u.k. taxpayer pay any day of the german taxpayer pay for the ineptitude of the greek government john gaunt their five day nuclear form and the end of this week saw a widespread agreement for increased safety measures following japan's atomic crisis in march and r.t. sean thomas went to focus shimon just outside the twenty kilometer no go zone around the stricken plant to witness the deadly legacy of the disaster for himself . very ominous and constant ticking of geiger counters
scientists working in fukushima city concerned. i'm in charge of the group of radiation detection and survey from fukushima university where now thinking be a vacation protocol and process set up by the japanese government is not enough and myself i think i should evacuate from this area but because of my job at the university i can't my family and my friends' families are evacuating. officially fukushima city is in a safe area eighty kilometers from the daiichi plant reactor one and a full sixty kilometers outside the bends danger zone but still radiation levels here are much higher than normal. just to give you an idea of the consistency right now the battleground is really pretty quiet tonight micro ring it's about thirty times what is more than the accepted level but if you come down here to where i just saw it all and i'm not quite to the regular quickly jumped out and it's still climbing earlier we got a really good night and now i look at my car and it's going to us about
a thousand times more than what is really accepted level of a little. but in order to claim that fukushima is truly safe from leaking radiation the japanese government has had to be creative with the numbers but the government did they change the redish a quantum level standard the levels from one. to twenty million. twenty times. the. standards before the accident and now. they raise the. the standard so that they can say it's safe but actually the standard has changed the new higher levels mean that fukushima can be classed as being outside of the exclusion zone some say that evacuating the city would be simply impractical given the huge numbers of people affected to try and mitigate the circumstances to some degree
a group of scientists have teamed up to find a simple ways to reduce the radiation levels. we're just trying to do. project. on time initial. by ourselves and we are not to using our special men we just use normal child. scoops. we just. have to topsoil is a small effort to bring some security to a community facing a scary and uncertain future in fukushima city sean thomas r.t. . the u.k. is being accused of failing to protect attaining. as it handed over to secret u.s. prisons for torture it's alleged the two nations also made a backroom deal on the treatment of prisoners during the iraq war papers released earlier this week brought to light the case of a twenty eight year old pakistani from a coma seven years ago he was seized in iraq by british troops and handed over to
a u.s. detention facility he's been held there ever since despite the u.s. admitting he poses no risk from the reprieve charity who's fighting for his release told us his situation is a violation of international law there are hundreds of prisoners but what makes you special is that eunice was actually picked up by the united kingdom in iraq in february two thousand and four the u.k. handed him to the united states in march and april there were discussions between the u.s. and the u.k. because the u.s. wanted to send him to bagram and the u.k. didn't object despite the fact that at this time even the grade was broke making it absolutely clear to anyone who had any doubt what was happening to prisoners in u.s. detention the u.k. says that it learned quote unquote in june of that year june two thousand and four that my client had been sent to bob graham and although there was an ammo you kind of deal between the u.s. and the u.k. that permits the u.k. to get him out of custody and never bothered to do so so we've had to sue them in
the united kingdom courts in haiti as corpus to tell them you have to get this prisoner back you never should have been sent out of iraq he was rendered unlawfully in violation of the geneva conventions and you have a responsibility to him he's your prisoner and it's not just with britain that the u.s. appears to have a deal to detain terror suspects across the hundreds claim to being tortured and held without trial don't you bushell follows one such case. was arrested on the streets and sent to guantanamo for torture after five years america released him without charge to this day the u.s. has given no explanation all said story couldn't as is suing george bush's lawyer alberto gonzales for ruling torture is legal interrogators from the land of the free are free to cause quote simulated drowning instrumentality impairment of bodily function organ failure and even death.
electroshocks because i was. i was forced to agree that. the us refused to even reveal they were holding his mother this lawyer to find her son and it took several years there was no chance to get in quantico corners it's really a shame for the united states what happened in. port concerning the national law and it's simply impossible twenty first century to put someone in extra. room. and saying you have no right bush for moves to end the practices they are imposing a set of standards on our intelligence communities in terms of interrogating
prisoners that our people think will be ineffective in a de classified memo gonzales did warn us gods it was legally safer to perform torture on foreign soil ministers in the european union were glad to oblige the e.u. agreed to help arrest and transport people to countries where they could be tortured in a meeting here at nato headquarters in two thousand and one detainees may may or. i've been guilty since they never received a real trial we just called for sure. barack obama was elected on the promise to short. but he's even appealed to us cool rulings which give me some roy. to use the prison still open for business law all its the washington street guilty of criminal. crimes against humanity sociopaths ministration and so is your plea for participating and supporting these that executives from bush down
going abroad of the foreigners food lawsuits over torture when the world will to america's doing said bush's advisor we will all be ashamed. there's been a series of international reports that hugo chavez these torturing anti american president of venezuela is in a critical condition after undergoing surgery in cuba speculation has been stoked by conflicting statements from the government about his health something jumped on by the world's media when i'm not joined by eva got injured she's annoying journalist based in the venezuelan capital of caracas to discuss what's behind the hype thanks very much indeed for being with us here on r.t. so what do the venezuelans there make of all the media frenzy surrounding chavez's health. there of course that private media here that stands for well mainly anti charges. for graduating the same rumors that are circulating in international media
and also on the different social networks like twitter there are rumors even worse her are circulating about. how but i mean it's it's absolutely ridiculous because government officials spokespeople the foreign minister the vice president and chair is himself who has been tweeting from his twitter account over the past few days have have said very clearly and transparently that his how this fire. and he's been recovering from a surgery had a few weeks ago where he's not in a critical condition there is no alarm that sounding in any kind of official level here about it and even today the president of the national cemetery in the parliament here in minnesota came out and said and denied these some of these rumors that are going around saying that he has cancer all kinds of things that this is absolutely not true i mean we had but it. was that the foreign minister you just quoted a little earlier he's actually said chavez is in a great battle for his health i mean that does give a message concerning the severity of his health what he didn't exactly say that he
said that he's you know he's he's fighting to recover but he's going to recover he's fine and you know he was sort of making a statement saying look we all need to support our president and he's been going through this situation i mean you have to put it into context has been president now for twelve years in miniseries never once even taken a vacation he's never had sick days he's never had anything happen to him at all so the first time something happens of course it's shocking to most venezuelans are used to seeing him all the time and of course that anything that happens obviously is something that causes concern for everyone in the government and in the country and so the fact that he didn't have an unexpected surgery was as you know a cause for alarm for many but again the child is itself has been tweeted just yesterday that his grandchildren are there visiting him and he's really happy and he's happy to see his family and have the support but there's no critical condition his mother was on t.v.
today from going to his brother's here is father's day i mean if there is anything of this sort of his immediate family his parents would be with them so that it's just not sure those are rumors. but let me just interject and clearly the venezuelan government has reacted quite strongly to this reaction is actually accuse the usa and other countries of trying to destabilize the situation in venezuela hinting that attempts to stage another coup i mean we saw one. we've got a tent back in two thousand and two that wouldn't succeed the government saying that this is not going to happen again do you really think that there could be such intentions from external powers to intervene and get some sort of instability there and. oh absolutely i mean the u.s. government is looking for any chance they can get our so there's no question about that and of course they're riding on this rumor mill as much as they can and you know middle. for whatever it is and in fact one of the main stories that's been put out the rumors in the first place of a so-called critical condition came from a u.s.
publication which is the spanish language version of the miami herald. how would the u.s. manipulate that sort of regime change just briefly how would that happen what i mean by supporting opposition forces here who are also constantly looking for ways to undermine or overthrow destabilize the government so by supporting them and saying look if something did happen we would you know we would back here i mean why now and again these types of rumors are are generally perpetuated when there are false about a president or a leader is challenged in order to discredit and and the head of state and remember about it so we have elections presidential elections in two thousand and twelve it's just really a here away and so of course chavez is already like just can't is there looking for ways also to decrease its popularity because concerns about you know could he last over the long term is it a good option to reelect him things like that and and the source i just want to say that the miami herald cited was an anonymous u.s. intelligence official so you know they're saying their child is in critical
condition and that's absolutely not your i mean i can i can silently deny the fact that child is in any kind of critical condition and i tast to the fact that he's doing quite well and will soon be back in the limelight very very soon and. thanks very much for joining us live from venezuela lauren journalist in caracas thanks very much for time. and by the way all our stories are lined up for you at r.t. dot com along with blogs and expert opinion if you want to see that interview again you can see it right now on dot com also if you click on a couple of other stories playing around with a laser beam lands one man in southern russia behind bars he allegedly tried to blind the plane crew spotted flashing his red light at a local airport. and a heartfelt apology captain carlos received an invitation to a borscht tasting from a russian football fan keen to say sorry for racism at a recent match.
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